This week, Oregon State is highlighting those who have served in the U.S. military, as well as those who are serving and will in the future. They are an important part of our legacy – for instance, most people don’t know that the Memorial Union was built 80 years ago as a living memorial to the students, faculty and staff who lost their lives in World War I. This week, a group of students looking for a way to honor the OSU community who have served in all conflicts will be rededicating the current memorial plaque to those people. “I think the campus and community has forgotten what that building is for,” says Katherine Canja, an Oregon State student and member of the ASOSU Veteran’s Affairs Task Force. “We want everyone to stop by and see the new memorial.”
More on that, and other ways Oregon State is honoring veterans, below:
- Today, several coffee shops on campus (including the “Javas,” Dixon and Kelley Engineering) will be providing veterans and active military with a free 12 oz. coffee. Also, the Applebee’s on Circle Blvd. in Corvallis will be offering veterans and active military a free entree today. Enjoy!
- Friday OSU ROTC units and the ASOSU Veteran Affairs Committee are hosting a ceremony to honor veterans from 11:00 a.m. to noon. in the MU Quad. It will showcase a 21 gun salute, an F-15C Eagle fly-over courtesy of the 123 Fighter Squadron from the Oregon Air National Guard. Distinguished visitor and WWII veteran Don Malarkey will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony – Malarkey, of the 101st Airborne’s “Easy” Company, was made famous by the novel by Stephen Ambrose and TV miniseries “Band of Brothers.” Performing the national anthem will be OSU’s a capella choir, “Devine.” Also featured will be a POW/MIA name reading, a 12-hour POW/MIA flag walk, a 24-hour POW/MIA vigil.
- Friday at 4 p.m. in the MU Concourse, the OSU Memorial Union and the ASOSU Veteran Affairs Office is holding a rededication of the Memorial Union’s war memorial in honor of the students, faculty and staff who have served their country…and who will in the future. And if you missed Don Malarkey on Friday morning, you’ll have the chance to see him in the afternoon – he’s speaking at the rededication, as well. The Memorial Union’s purpose expanded as OSU servicemen and women fought in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. Today, former and current OSU students continue to be involved in active combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, making it apt that students be reminded that the MU is more than just a student center.